Walking Tour of the Bourbons Quarter and Prado Museum
Explore the Bourbons Quarter and the Grand Prado
DURATION: UP TO 4-HOURS
A walking tour, with a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, through the Bourbons (Borbones) quarter of the city with the Casa de Correos, Casa de Postas, Real Casa de Aduanas, Plaza de la Lealtad, Iglesia de San José, and a visit to the Prado Museum.
You will start your tour of the Bourbons in the Puerta del Sol, one of the most popular and busy squares in Madrid, sitting in the very center of town. In reality, the square is a semi-circle, where many gather for New Year's Eve celebrations year after year. Here, you will find the remarkable old post office and the Casa de Correos with the clock that chimes in the New Year. You will also see the famous Bear and the Strawberry Tree statue, as well as the statue of King Carlos III.
Walking along Calle Alcalá, one of the most important boulevards of Madrid, you will come to Casa de Postas, another old post-office, and Real Casa de Aduanas, the Royal Customs Office.
Further down, you can see The Oratorio del Caballero de Gracia, a chapel that is considered a masterpiece of neoclassic architecture. Where the streets Calle Alcalá and Gran Via cross, you will find the splendid 18th century baroque church Iglesia de San José, and later, at the crossing with Cibeles there is the Palace of Buenavista, built 1777 for the Duke of Alba.
From here you may continue on Calle Alcalá and arrive at the triumphal arch of Puerta de Alcalá or follow Paseo del Prado with its beautiful fountains of Cibeles, Apollo, and Neptune, and see the Botanical Gardens and the Astronomical Observatory.
The Prado Museum is considered by many experts to be the best art gallery of the world, as it has the most complete and impressive collection of 16th, 17th, and 20th century art. It is in the Prado Museum where artists like Hieronymus Bosch, Rubens, Goya, Velázquez, Murillo, Fra Angélico, Botticelli, Titian, Rafael, Watteau, Tintorretto, El Greco, Ribera, Zurbarán, and many others, can be admired, along with a magnificent collection of classical sculptures.
This 4-hour tour includes:
- Puerta del Sol
- Calla Alcala
- Paseo del Prado
- Prado Museum
Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Your guide will pick you up from your Madrid city-centre hotel. Your tour will conclude at a point within the city-centre, where your guide may assist with instructions to return to your hotel.
Includes: A private expert English-speaking guide for up to 4-hours, Entrance Fees to Prado Museum.
Excludes: Guide Gratuity, Extra Hours.